The No. 6 Vikings rolled to a 117-52 victory over Quest of Squamish, B.C., to improve to 7-0.
BELLINGHAM — Guard John Allen became the 23rd player in Western Washington men’s basketball history to reach the 1,000-point mark en route to a game-high 24 points, leading the No. 6 Vikings to a 117-52 victory over Quest (Squamish, B.C.) in a nonconference game Saturday afternoon at Sam Carver Gymnasium.
The defending NCAA Division II champion Vikings remained unbeaten at 7-0 and have won 13 straight over the last two seasons.
The 117 points and the 65-point margin of victory were the most for the Vikings since the 2008-09 season.
Quest fell to 4-6. Guard Jose Colorado, the leading scorer among Canadian small colleges at 27.8 points per game, led the Kermodes with 12 points.
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The Vikings trailed only at 2-0 and 4-2. After missing eight of their first 12 shots from the field, they hit their next seven to open up a 23-6 lead a little over seven minutes into the game. The margin extended to 35-10 with 7:43 left in the first half and WWU held a 54-24 advantage at halftime.
Senior forward Paul Jones had 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for the Vikings, who shot 59.3 percent (48 of 81) from the field and had a 56-25 advantage on the boards.
Junior forward Austin Bragg had 14 points for the Vikings, and junior guard Dane Thorpe had 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
Allen reached the 1,000-point plateau four minutes into the game, becoming just the fifth Viking who did not play four seasons at WWU to reach the mark. He finished the day with 1,021 career points, which puts him 21st on the school’s all-time list, three points behind current assistant coach Rob Visser.
Other men’s basketball
Led by 14 points from David Downs, No. 8 Seattle Pacific (8-1) had no trouble at home against Evergreen College (1-7), winning 80-45.
A night after suffering its first loss of the season, No. 6 Western Washington continued its struggles at the CCAA-GNAC Challenge, falling 68-63 to Sonoma State (3-4).
The Vikings, who were led by Britt Harris‘ 18 points and seven rebounds, fell to 6-2 after losing to Chico State on Friday.
• Seattle Pacific fell to host Chico State (6-0), 89-77, on the final night of the CCAA-GNAC Challenge in Chico, Calif. Suzanna Ohlsen scored a career-high 24 points for the Falcons (6-2).
Track and field
Six Eastern Washington athletes qualified for the Big Sky Indoor Conference Championships with their performances at the Candy Cane Invite in Cheney.
On the men’s side, Marlyn Anderson qualified in the shot put while Zack Nielsen and Jordan Arakawa qualified in the weight throw. Keisa Monterola, Anandae Clark and Robin Taylor qualified in the pole vault, the Eagles’ specialty.
From team reports.